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Covid-19 response – Artist Support

We are united in this very difficult situation and are aware that for some, the amount of information being offered may be overwhelming.  This page aims to provide support for artists and freelance creatives and to highlight updates from the sector.  Please keep an eye on our socials for other opportunities as they arise.

HMRC Universal Credit providing continuously updated information about Covid-19 and claiming benefits, so do check this page regularly (Tel: 0800 328 5644).

HMRC the self employed and businesses providing advice around tax and any benefits you may be eligible for if effected by the current restrictions (Tel: 0300 456 3565 or 0800 0159 559).

Arts Council England advice, guidance and emergency funding, contact is currently email only.

Arts Council of Wales

Creative Scotland

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Manchester International Festival offering support to artists and freelance creatives including virtual drop in sessions with MIF’s John McGrath and Mark Ball.  Sessions are Mon – Fri at 2pm, via this Zoom link.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources has a list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

Freelance Artist Resources UK is signposting benefits, statements and support for arts workers.

The Turbine Theatre are raising funds for freelancers, actors, creatives and ushers working in theatre, email to be considered:

Shape Arts’ twitter thread has resources for people working in the arts, or contact:

Unlimited has information for supporting artists and freelancers, including supporting disabled artists and arts freelancers through commissioning blogs and micro-commissions for those who are self-isolating. You can also email:

Artsadmin is offering an Advisory Service, providing advice, information and guidance. To book a session either in person or via Skype, fill in this short survey, and other contacts here: